Amtrak recently signed an operating and capital cost-sharing deal with Virginia for intercity passenger-rail service. "Stopping regional Amtrak service in the commonwealth was not an option," said Gov. Bob McDonnell. "With this agreement between Virginia and Amtrak, we can continue to provide for existing regional intercity passenger-rail service and work toward extending new service from Lynchburg into Roanoke and extend more service to Norfolk," he added. The railroad also named Armando Silva as the new chief of operations research and planning.